ERIC Number: ED179960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Linguistically-Based Language Systems for the Inner City Student.
Sloane, David E. E.
The traditional method of teaching writing to students in universities by correcting their errors supposes a generally well-developed sense of written language structure and formal English language discourse. The new population seeking higher education does not always possess such a background. An alternative instructional method is to use the systems of language structure to offer positive models. Sector analysis is one such scientific study of language that can be used to fuse the remedial needs of the inner-city student with college-level language awareness. Sector analysis, or X-Word Grammar, is a linguistic system developed by Robert L. Allen. Its particular strength is that it is a system for examining written English in relation to obligations or expectations that must be fulfilled in conventional English. In X-Word Grammar, the sentence is defined as a series of slots or positions. The basic positions of subject, used in reference, and predicate, used in predication, are defined in terms of an X-Word that moves to the front of a yes/no question. A knowledge of positions and constructions combined with reader anticipation establishes a groundwork for critical and logical development of thinking. (MKM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sector Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English (12th, Ottawa, Canada, May 8-11, 1979)